Victorian hospitals reduce energy bills

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Victorian hospitals are seeing reductions in their energy bills as part of the Victorian Energy Upgrades program.

Minister for Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Solar Homes, Lily D’Ambrosio, said hospitals like Brunswick Private Hospital are rapidly introducing energy efficiency measures to help reduce their overall costs.

Brunswick Private is making significant savings on their energy bills, maintenance costs, and greenhouse gas emissions thanks to new lighting – by replacing existing fluorescent lights with 946 LED lights, they will save $38,000 annually on energy bills, giving them a payback of less than one year.

The hospital is one of 90,000 businesses that have improved their equipment and undertaken energy efficiency retrofits – and was supported by the Government’s Victorian Energy Upgrades program with nearly $30,000 in funding going to the upgrade.

In hospitals, energy efficiency upgrades deliver both environmental and financial savings, minimising future capital costs, while also improving patient comfort and experience.

“The workers that build, use and maintain Victoria’s buildings and energy-using equipment are playing a critical role in helping us achieve our target of net zero emissions by 2050,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“Improving energy efficiency creates jobs, reduces emissions and helps Victorians homes and business save money on their power bills.”

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